Sports  October 24, 2016
Kuznetsova cuts her own hair to beat Radwanska at WTA Finals
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia serves against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their womenSvetlana Kuznetsova hacked off her own hair with a pair of scissors and burst into tears before saving a match point and beating the defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 1-6 7-5 at the WTA Finals on Monday.Despite appearing on the verge of exhaustion and close to breaking down, Kuznetsova somehow summoned up the energy to win her opening roun...  Full Story
Kuznetsova chops locks courtside
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia reacts as she hits a return against Agnieszka Radwanska on October 24, 2016To get to the top, professional tennis players know they have to make tough sacrifices. But at the WTA Finals on Monday, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova took that concept to a new level, chopping off her hair in order to beat Agnieszka Radwanska. Speaking at a post-match press conference in Singapore, Kuznetsova said her thick hair, which was put into...  Full Story
Leicester heroes Vardy, Mahrez on Ballon d'Or longlist
Real Madrid teammates Gareth Bale (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo have both been named on the 2016 Ballon DLeicester City heroes Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, stars in their team's fairytale run to the Premier League title, have been named on a 30-player longlist for the 2016 Ballon d'Or.Vardy -- who has enjoyed a meteoric rise from amateur football to rub shoulders with the game's biggest names -- is the sole Englishman nominated for the prestigious pr...  Full Story
Rising rugby star Itoje adds to England's injury woes
England player Maro Itoje (C), pictured controlling the rolling maul against Australia on June 25, 2016, fractured his right hand during SaracensRising star Maro Itoje has joined a growing injury list on Monday after becoming the latest England player to be ruled out of the end-of-year internationals.The 21-year-old fractured his right hand during Saracens' victory over Welsh side Scarlets at Allianz Park in the European Champions Cup on Saturday.North London club Saracens said Itoje, the E...  Full Story
Russia's doping-tainted deputy sports minister resigns
RussiaA Russian deputy sports minister accused of overseeing state-run doping has resigned, the government said Monday, days after the sports minister was promoted to deputy prime minister.A document signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published Monday on a government online portal confirmed the resignation of deputy sports minister Yury Nagorny...  Full Story
IOC hires Russia doping whistleblower
Russia, which has denied accusations by a World Anti-Doping Agency report of state-sanctioned doping, is struggling to get back into international athleticsThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) has hired Russian doping whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov as a consultant and is helping his runner wife Yuliya, a spokesman said Monday.The Stepanovs were instrumental in exposing doping in Russian sport that led to the country being banned from international athletics while dozens of competitors were barred ...  Full Story
Pakistan scent series-clinching win in Abu Dhabi
PakistanPakistan pressed West Indies hard for a series-clinching win in the second Test after setting a daunting 456-run target on the fourth day in Abu Dhabi on Monday.By close of play Pakistan had taken four wickets at 171 leaving the West Indies to bat out the fifth and final day on Tuesday or score a further 285 runs with six wickets intact for an unli...  Full Story
Heading footballs 'affects memory': study
Several studies have raised concerns about the effects of repeatedly heading a footballHeading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory up to a day, a study by researchers at Scotland's Stirling University has said.Memory performance was reduced by between 41 percent to 67 percent following heading practice, according to the research, with the effects wearing off after 24 hoursThe significance of the s...  Full Story